EPA Administrator Meets with Dallas Builders

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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt (left) poses with Dallas Builders Association past president Jeff Dworkin.

It can be easier to explain the overreach of federal regulations regarding what constitutes “waters of the United States” (WOTUS) when you can show the chief regulator just exactly what that means on a map.

That’s what a dozen Dallas-area home builders provided for EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, who came to Texas on Thursday to speak to members of the Dallas Builders Association.

Detailing the rivers and streams that would have been affected by the 2015 definition, which is now on hold, the builders were able to better explain how little land would be left unregulated in their state — and offered first-hand accounts on the effects of the misguided rule.

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A map shows the location of Texas waterbodies.

They also thanked Pruitt for directing the agency to go back to the drawing board to come up with a WOTUS definition that protects important waters and wetlands without driving up development costs and making homes less affordable.

“The Dallas Builders Association commends EPA Administrator Pruitt for holding this roundtable in Dallas to get direct feedback from home builders and developers who are affected by burdensome regulations that raise the cost of housing and harm small businesses,” said Dallas BA President Michael Turner.

“The nation’s home builders support the administrator’s efforts to enact a revised waters of the U.S. rule that will protect the environment without adding unnecessary regulatory burdens that will hurt housing and other industries in Texas that rely on a predictable permitting process.”

Pruitt and top EPA officials held previous events in Cameron, S.C., Salt Lake City, Minneapolis and Little Rock, Ark. For additional information, contact Owen McDonough at 202-266-8662.

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